Thematic Article
Volume 2 Issue 5 - 2020
How Could Transformational Leadership Influence Collaboration
Si-Yan Yuan11*, Xiao-xia Zhang2 and She-Ning Zhu3
DHS (Studying), Msc, Bsc, RN, Reproductive Medicine Center, Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China
*Corresponding Author: Si-Yan Yuan, DHS (Studying), Msc, Bsc, RN, Reproductive Medicine Center, Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital, Shenzhen, China.
Received: February 17, 2020; Published: April 29, 2020


Objectives: To explore an emerging leadership style, namely transformational leadership, in terms of collaboration, thus help leaders to improve nurses’ working effectiveness and efficiency within the healthcare.

Methods: A comprehensive literature search used “transformational leadership”, “collaboration” search terms to identify relevant literature on CINAHL, Academic search complete and Science direct from 2000 to 2020. A critical review and thematic synthesis of research literature conducted to identify and construct a framework to explain how transformational leadership influences collaboration.

Results: Four attributes of transformational leadership were identified to influence collaboration: (i) Individualized consideration. Leaders acknowledge individuals’ differences and contributions to the team. They empower followers to collectively create goals and take responsibilities to work in the group; (ii) Intellectual stimulation. Leaders innovate individuals to think in a nontraditional way. They create an innovative learning environment within the group and thus could accelerate shared-vision-building and systems thinking; (iii) Inspirational motivation. Leaders integrate individuals’ rivalries, motivate subordinates to change their interests for the benefit of teams. They help to achieve consensus and establish a connected network in the team; (iv) Idealized influence. Leaders typically serve as role models among followers and have an authentic self-awareness that transformation starts with themselves. They are consistent with their behavior, and thus facilitate followers to internalize their belief.

Conclusions: Transformational leadership has the potential to help leaders to balance complex conditions in the demanding healthcare environment and human resource shortage. Four dimensions of transformational leadership coexist to improve leaders to become successful vision-builders, standard-bearers, integrators, and developers in healthcare. Nurse leaders could learn from the insights of transformational leadership to facilitate the collaboration within nurses and nursing with other healthcare professions.

Keywords: Transformational Leadership; Collaboration; Healthcare; Nursing


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Citation: Si-Yan Yuan., et al. “How Could Transformational Leadership Influence Collaboration”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 2.5 (2020): 36-39.

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